As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight. (Exodus 17)
The readings today talk about the need for faith, the power of intercession and the importance of persistence in prayer.
Amalek was dedicated as the leader of the Army to defend Israel from an unjust aggressor, but he did not act alone. Moses stood on the sidelines interceding for him. Moses did not act alone, either: he was supported by Aaron and Hur. With each one doing their part, the victory was won!
As Catholic Christians, we believe in the intercession of Jesus, our mediator, who through his cross and Resurrection won the victory for us over sin and death. He is still at work in the world, but he does not act alone. Through his ordained priests, he continues to offer intercession for us, especially through the Mass and the other sacraments. But the priests don’t act alone, either: all of the lay people (and the deacons) have as their role to support the ordained ministers through their ministries, prayers and the sharing of their resources, as many of you do in so many ways here at St. Catherine Labouré. For this we thank you!